Tenor part from African - American Spirituals - Lord, How Come Me Here? - arranged for SATB, Solo Voice, Panpipes and String Quartet by Gerald Manning

Composer
ANON. SPIRITUAL
Publisher
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music

AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS Lord, How Come Me Here

Spirituals are religious folksongs, which evolved and are associated with a complex history of revivalism in America, between 1740 and the 19th century. The very first Negro spirituals were inspired by African music even if the tunes were not far from those of hymns. Some of them, which were called �shouts�, were accompanied with typical dancing including hand clapping and foot tapping. The tunes and the beats of Negro spirituals and Gospel songs are highly influenced by the music of their actual cultural environment. It means that their styles are continuously changing.

Sir Michael Tippett in his oratorio A Child of our Time uses spirituals instead of chorales to convey the message and drama of his work. Spirituals have become very popular as concert music due mainly to the fund-raising tours of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who introduced them to North America and Europe.

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